LOCATION: Camp Roberts, CA on US 101 about 12 miles north of Paso Robles or half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
HOURS OF OPERATION: Thursday and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tours are welcome with prior reservations.
The Camp Roberts Historical Museum consists of the Main Museum, Building 114 (originally the WWII Red Cross Headquarters) and the Museum Annex, Building 6485 (originally the WWII Post Office). The Museum complex has about 3,000 line items displayed and stored for future exhibits.
In the Main Museum you will see exhibits on training at Camp Roberts during WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Gulf War and Iraqi Freedom, as well as exhibits on Corporal Roberts (the Camp's namesake), the National Guard, the Women's Army Corps, the WWII railroad station, Camp Roberts celebrities, dining facilities, civilian workers, the hospital, the PX, the Soldiers Bowl, and others. There is also an extensive patch collection, a small reference library and a video viewing room. The Main Museum also has a large gift shop with books (including "The History of Camp Roberts"), WWII postcards, posters, DVDs, clothing and many other interesting items.
The Museum Annex houses our large vintage vehicle collection as well as many other exhibits, including the Camp stage shows and radio broadcasts, the Camp chapels, a WWII office, an Iraqi Republican Guard exhibit, and a large model vehicle collection.
To view some of the exhibits at Camp Roberts, CLICK HERE!
Involvement in our local community is very important to the Camp Roberts Museum. We do our best to represent Camp Roberts and to relate its important history in many ways: by appearing in local parades driving historical vehicles, setting up a booth at community events, giving presentations to local civic groups, recognizing supporters in the community, and maintaining a close affiliation with the other museums and historical societies as a Charter Member of the North County Historical Co-Op (NCHC), .
On Saturday, August 23rd, we had the official unveiling of Corporal Roberts new portrait by artist Dean Gleisberg. The artist and his wife were on hand for the event, with several other dignitaries, museum staff, and many interested visitors. A talk was given by Gary McMaster and Dirk Hale, followed by the artist relating his experiences painting the portrait, then the unveiling itself. A complimentary lunch was provided for all of the days visitors.
The new painting has now replaced the earlier Runyon painting in the original frame, and hangs as the centerpiece of the Roberts / Seifert Family Parlor. The Parlor showcases the life of the Camps namesake who lost his life at age twenty-two in the Argonne Offensive of World War Ithe largest and bloodiest battle in American military historyand was awarded the Medal of Honor, our Nations highest honor. Artist Gleisberg researched the Argonne Offensive in order to paint the Renault TF-17 tanks in combat in the painting and other details.
The Roberts / Seifert Family Parlor is full of family photos and period furnishings. Nearing completion, it is a bit like stepping back in time to enter the heart of his family home and get an insight into his life.
We wish to thank everyone who donated money for the new portrait. Their names are engraved on a special plaque beside the painting.
Corporal Roberts devotees Rob Monji of Bakersfield and his pal, Alain Baubat of Bar-de-Luc, France, have recently visited the area in northern France where Roberts was first laid to rest, and have provided us with some more great information and photos on this. Rob was the first to visit Corporal Roberts grave in France and to bring back a photograph of the gravesite for the Museum several years ago.
The complete biography of Corporal Harold W. Roberts, The Ultimate Sacrifice, is now available in the Camp Roberts Museum Gift Shop. Compiled and written by the Museums Director/Curator, it is the culmination of more than a year of research. Prior to that, the Museum had a mere two pages on this heros lifea young man who had lived through the Great San Francisco Earthquake as a child, suffered his mothers early death, attended college, traveled in Mexico and served in the Cavalry in the Philippines before volunteering for the new Tank Corps and shipping out to France. The effective documentation of his life was deemed crucial, although both his birth records and military records had been destroyed in devastating fires. With the help of genealogists and researchers combing 100-year-old census records, receipt of records from the National Archives, trips to his birth city, orginal after-action reports on his battalions actions from the University of North Dakota, and documents from many other sources, his biography was finally fully completed and published. It is now on sale in the Camp Roberts Museum Gift Shop. (26 Nov 08)
Eleven-year-old Samuel Bisares is the proud and happy winner of a 3-foot long radio- controlled M1A2 Abrams Tank. The tank was the Grand Prize in a FREE Museum drawing for ALL KIDS during the Camp Roberts Open House activities on Saturday, May 5, 2007.
Sam's dad (who coincidently had been a tank crewman in the Regular Army) brought lucky Sam down from Salinas to attend the Open House. Both the Main Museum and Museum Annex exhibit buildings were swamped with visitors who came to celebrate Camp Roberts' 66th Anniversary.
The Museum was also host to World War II American, German and Russian re-enactors who educated visitors on their weapons and period vehicles. Upwards of 2,000 visitors came for the big barbeque lunch, an array of current Army vehicles, a jump house, hands-on weapons simulators, and scores of civic and veterans group booths with games and give-away items
Camp Roberts Museum Opens Display on Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger:
Caspar Weinberger, Secretary of Defense under President Reagan, was one of the early soldiers to attend Army Basic Training at Camp Roberts in 1941--as the Camp was still nearing completion.
|The Museum was also the site for filming of an episode of History Channel's Conquorers series dealing with the Battle of Berlin and Russian General Zhukov, which aired in the Spring of 2006. The Camp Roberts Historical Museum has a firm commitment, with the help of the Camp Roberts Public Affairs Office, of continued cooperation with film companies, television networks, local area television stations, historical reenactment groups, historical research groups and other museums, in order to better relate the sacrifices of our soldiers to the general public.|
An HO-scale replica of the Southern Pacific Railroad Depot that served Camp Roberts during World War II (and presumably through the Korean War) is the most recent addition to the Camp Roberts Historical Musuem. The depot was located on the East side of Highway 101 across from the Camp's Main Gate. At that time, Highway 101 was a 2-lane highway. With all the Army troops coming and going, this depot was the busiest stop on the Southern Pacific's coastal route during World War II.
Also in exhibit--located in the Main Museum--is an original Southern Pacific poster of the Camp Roberts train schedule, Camp Roberts train tickets from WWII, depot photos and other Southern Pacific Railroad artifacts.
The builder of the scale model train layout is Leonard Formosa, a member of the Atascadero Model Railway Club. MSG Formosa is a retired Master Sergeant who served in tank battalions of the California Army National Guard, retiring from fulltime duty as a Master Gunner. He generously built this wonderfully detailed recreation of the historic railway depot for the Museum--bringing Camp Roberts' railway history alive for all to see!
|A film crew from NBC's Today
Show recently visited the Camp Roberts Historical Museum to film
a segment for their show. The segment deals with the Korean War
period at Camp Roberts, and includes interviews with Army Korean
War veterans and the presentation to the Pacheco family of their
grandfather's wallet which was left at Camp Roberts during his
The Museum was also the site of a recent filming of an episode of History Channel's Conquorers series dealing with the Battle of Berlin, which aired this last Spring. The Camp Roberts Historical Museum has a firm commitment, with the help of the Camp Roberts Public Affairs Office, of continued cooperation with film companies, television networks, local area television stations, historical reenactment groups, historical research groups and other museums, in order to better relate the sacrifices of our soldiers to the general public.
The Camp Roberts Historical Museum is always looking for personal accounts from soldiers (and civilians) who did their training at Camp Roberts or worked here in a staff capacity. Would you like a unique opportunity to share the story of your service here with future generations? If you are interested, you can share the story of those experiences by writing or recording them and sending the document or recording to: Camp Roberts Historical Museum, Building 114, Camp Roberts, CA 93451-5000. We are interested in hearing about your experiences at Camp Roberts, and also your later experiences--especially if you were sent overseas in war time. The Museum also accepts donations of items of significant historical interest to Camp Roberts. These items include personal papers, letters, scrapbooks, diaries, memoirs, photographs, uniform items, personal correspondence, military newspapers and articles, regulations and manuals, unit histories and other books, professional military journals, maps, soldier art and unit insignia.
You can also share your experiences in World War II, Korea or Vietnam by taking part in the U.S. Army Military History Institute (MHI) survey by going to the veterans questionnaire section at http://www.carlisle.army.mil/usamhi/index.htm, or by calling them at (717) 245-3971.
You can also share your story through the Library of Congress's Veterans History Project. They are collecting and archiving recollections of wartime veterans to share them with future generations. To get involved in this project, visit them on the web at http://www.loc.gov/veterans, call (888) 371-5848, or write them at: Veterans History Project, The Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20540-4615.
Your unique military experiences are wanted
and needed, and will provide much to future generations!
Camp Roberts consists of over 43,000 acres of training facilities which were constructed in 1940. Over 434,000 men were trained at Camp Roberts and another 300,000 were trained during the Korean War.
There is no admission, but contributions are gladly accepted.
For more information on the Camp Roberts
Historical Museum--or to arrange a group tour--please call the
Museum at (805) 238-8288 when it is open, or call the Curator,
Gary McMaster, at (805) 237-8471 during off hours. Our mailling
Camp Roberts Historical Museum
Camp Roberts, CA 93451-5000
To request iformation, please complete the Camp Roberts Historical Museum Research Request Form
Updated 26 Nov 08